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Water-logged streets,darkness: chaos reign on day 2 of rains

The water-logged streets after the first downpour this season,have brought the civic body’s unpreparedness in the open.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 7, 2009 5:13:55 am

The water-logged streets after the first downpour this season,have brought the civic body’s unpreparedness in the open. Even the second day of the rains saw many parts of the city reeling under power-cuts.

Taking cue from this rain-triggered chaos,the Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to appoint two mobile units in every ward to check waterlogging. The contractors and civic officials in charge have been warned of severe action if they fail to deliver,Additional City Engineer (Roads) Vivek Kharwadkar informed the media,after a meeting convened by civic chief Mahesh Zagade.

In the meeting,Zagade ordered the officials to undertake necessary measures to address the problem of waterlogging. Ward officers and other civic officials,including those from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) attended the meeting.

Kharwadkar,who has been appointed the nodal officer to address watelogging,said,“On Friday,it rained more than the usual level,which led to waterlogging at a number of places. As it was the first rain of this season,the water carried all the mud and plastic with it blocking the drainage lines.”

“During the meeting,it was decided that to prevent such blockage of drains in the future,each ward office will have two mobile units solely to remove drain clogs. These units will comprise of contractors,engineers and labourers. If the contractors fail to deliver,they will be pulled up,” Kharwadkar said.

He also listed out the areas — More Vidyalaya,Balgandharva chowk,Chapekar statue,Garware school,Bhau Patil Road,Harris Bridge,Lullanagar,Maitramandal chowk,Daruwala Pul,Bajirao Road,Kondhwa,Yerawada,Dhole-Patil Road,RTO — where waterlogging posed severe problems. Kharwadkar said they received 83 complaints regarding waterlogging.

On Saturday again,the rains left many parts of the city in darkness. Areas like Gultekdi,Bhavani Peth,Padmavati,Parvati and Kondhwa were in complete darkness. Due to a fault developed in the Mundhwa-Theur line at 7.30 pm,there was no electricity supply in Rasta Peth,Alankar and Bhairoba substation of the Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited. Power supply was not restored in many parts of the city till late night.

The fire brigade also received complaints of trees falling at about 10 places,including Prabhat Road,Tadiwala Road,Bhandarkar Road and Shukrawar Peth.

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